Naachiyar Review

April 15, 2023
David Sunnyside

naachiyar review


Naachiyar is director Bala's attempt to make a statement on the issue of rape and sexual violence. He has done it once before in the form of Tharai Thappattai and has tried to take things one step further with this film.

While the plot is wafer thin, it manages to keep the audience hooked till the end. The film is racy, gripping and has good background music by Ilayaraja.

The film is directed by a man with a clear cut vision and has an empathetic lens on the lives of the urban poor. Its message is a strong one, and the cast and crew deliver it with conviction.

Characters are always well fleshed out in Bala's films. Whether it's Atharvaa in Paradesi, Arya in Naan Kadavul or Vishal in Avan Ivan, they come with colourful personalities that have a deep impact on the viewer.

In this film, we get to see a young boy (GV Prakash) who is alleged to have rapped a girl (Ivana). Though the boy is accused of raped and sentenced to prison, Arasi, the girl he had allegedly raped, claims that she is actually in love with him. This makes the cop worry about her job - even as she develops a soft corner for her.

The lead performance by Jyothika as the foul-mouthed cop is riveting. Her character will have you cringe at times, but her role is the surprise package in the film.

David Sunnyside
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